RACHEL RICKARD STRAUS: All grieving families should receive fair treatment

RACHEL RICKARD STRAUS: It’s time for ALL grieving families to be treated fairly – weasel to give justice to many is not a good look

You may think that children should be born within marriage. Or maybe you think that idea is outdated.

Regardless, we agree that children have no say in whether or not their parents marry.

That is why it is so cruel that the children of unmarried parents are worse off when they lose a parent than the children of married parents.

Unfair: It is so cruel that the children of unmarried parents are worse off when they lose a parent than the children of married parents

Unfair: It is so cruel that the children of unmarried parents are worse off when they lose a parent than the children of married parents

The grief when a child loses a parent is terrible. I lost my father when I was a girl; I know this all too well.

There is nothing that can change that. But grief support benefits are there to lighten the practical burden just that little bit in those first, difficult months.

They can help with funeral expenses, or give the surviving parent a little breathing room to spend time with their child instead of having to go back to work or worry about paying the bills after they have lost their income. have lost partners.

These payments are made from the deceased’s national insurance contributions, taking some of the state pension funds that they will never be able to claim and funneling it to their grieving family when they need it most.

Charities have been pointing out for years that it is unfair for survivors of unmarried parents to be denied these benefits.

In August 2018, the Supreme Court agreed.

But Tuesday it will be three years since the court ruling and the government has still not corrected this imbalance. Why does it take so long?

For every day that passes, an average of five more cohabiting families die, without the financial support to which they are entitled.

The Department of Work and Pensions has said those eligible will receive a lump sum retroactive to August 2018 when the rules are finally updated.

No doubt families will be happy to receive this money, in some cases several years after the death of their loved one.

But there’s a reason bereavement support benefits are structured with a lump sum immediately after death, followed by smaller monthly payments. This money is probably most needed in the first weeks after death.

Yes, the government has been busy with a lot of other things lately, but that is no reason to ignore some in society with the softest voices.

As we reveal on page 135, even when the new rules are finally put in place, some families of unmarried parents will still receive thousands of pounds less.

When it turns out that a company has treated its customers unfairly, it should not say, ‘Fine, from now on we’ll do it right’.

They are instructed to go back and make amends for what it has done wrong in the past. Why should the government be held to any other standard? It is not a good idea to give bereaved dues.

It’s time to do the right thing and level up. Utilities.

Raising the spending limit for contactless payments could cause friction

The spending limit for contactless card payments will be increased from £45 to £100 on October 15, it was announced Friday.

The move comes just six months after the limit was raised from £30 to £45.

It means paying for things will be easier than ever.

I don’t know about you, but I prefer it if my payments don’t go completely smoothly.

I never keep my card details when I pay for items online. Partly because I’m wary of data breaches, but also because it’s too easy to pay without thinking about doing it at the click of a button.

It only takes a minute to find my handbag, grab my wallet and enter the number on my credit card. But it’s time when I think about what I’m buying and whether I really need it.

I’m curious how our spending habits will change if we can spend £100 simply waving a card at a reader.

I wouldn’t be surprised if we end up spending more on things we don’t need.

Let me know if your habits change and how – and if you’ve gotten any good tips to counteract this.